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The Rays Tank: Lack of offense is a loss in Houston

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A 4-1 loss to the Astros last night broke the Rays four-game winning streak, and snapped the Astros five-game losing streak.

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After outscoring the Astros 20-to-nothing the past two nights, the Rays offense took a night off, only managing one run to Houston's four last night; all courtesy of Chris Carter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23rays&amp;src=hash">#rays</a> Maddon on Carter: &quot;he didn&#39;t miss 2 pitches tonight.&quot;</p>&mdash; RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) <a href="https://twitter.com/RMooneyTBO/statuses/352626077581058049">July 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Chris Carter is an impressively strong man.</p>&mdash; Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/statuses/352626143045746690">July 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Roberto Hernandez had six innings of two hit ball going before allowing a double and a single with no outs in the seventh, when Jake McGee was brought on to relieve Hernandez and allowed a three-run homer on a three-two count to Carter.

With the Rays bats silent, it was not a very exciting game, but for the full rundown, head to Gareth's recap.

Current AL East standings:

East

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

STRK

BOS

52

34

.605

-

7-3

W3

BAL

48

37

.565

3.5

6-4

W1

NYY

45

39

.536

6.0

4-6

W3

TB

45

40

.529

6.5

7-3

L1

TOR

41

43

.488

10.0

3-7

L2

Today's 1:07pm EST game wraps up the Astros series, and is the final road game before the All Star Break. 10 games remain, against the White Sox, Twins and Astros.

Wins don't matter, got it, but: Yesterday Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to start a season 13-0 since Roger Clemens went 14-0 for the Red Sox in 1986. Clemens then went on to win the Cy Young and MVP that year.

Links:

- Nothing is official yet, but rumor has it the Cubs have agreed to a deal with Eloy Jimenez, the 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic who was ranked the number one international prospect.

- "Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me."

- Puigmania.

- Manny being Manny...for the Rangers. Ramirez signed a minor-league deal with Texas on Wednesday.

- In non-baseball-related news, Brad Stevens, former head coach of Butler, is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Brad Stevens is five months younger than Kevin Garnett.

From all of us at DRaysBay, have a fun and safe holiday weekend. Happy 4th of July!